Tom Briscoe wants silverware

  • By: Sam Pollock
  • Last Updated: January 28 2014, 14:36 GMT

Leeds Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe has targeted silverware following his high-profile move from Hull FC.

Tom Briscoe: I'm at a massive club
Tom Briscoe: I'm at a massive club

Leeds beat competition from both Super League and NRL clubs to secure the signature of the England winger on a five-year contract.

Having made 148 appearances and scored 90 tries for Hull FC, the 23-year-old decided to turn down the offer of a new contract and had had originally sought a move to Australia in a bid to win trophies.

However, speaking at the Rhinos pre-season media day, Briscoe outlined his targets for the new Super League season.

"I'm expecting things to go well. Obviously we've all come in here wanting to win some silverware, get to finals and play in the big games and I'm sure with the squad we've got, we have a great chance of doing that.

"By Leeds' standards not winning anything last year was a disappointment so we're definitely looking to get back challenging."

With the news that club legend Jamie Peacock has agreed a new two-year contract, Briscoe outlined his reasons for signing a deal with the Rhinos.

"Just the opportunity to come here really, obviously it's a massive club within the league and within the game.

"I think the record of finals and everything that's built in to this club is very attractive and something I couldn't pass up."

Briscoe was named in Steve McNamara's squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, scoring tries against Ireland and Fiji, but insists he has no guarantees of a starting place at his new club.

"It's the same as any other season really, get my head down, keeping training hard and showing why I deserve that spot and then in the games doing the best I can.

"I've come in a bit later (after the World Cup) so that was a bit of a bonus but it's been tough.

"It's all set up differently as you would expect from club to club but the basics are there, you've got your conditioning, your weights and your skill sessions but it's pretty difficult to start with.

"Obviously you've got to learn all the new moves and everything but I've been in a couple weeks now and getting the hang of that, really enjoying my training and loving being back in after a long Christmas off."

Super League clubs recently gave the go-ahead to a new structure for the domestic game which will see two teams relegated at the end of the 2014 season and Briscoe believes this will add another dimension to the league.

"I think there definitely will be (another dimension) within the bottom four or five teams.

"Obviously in the past few seasons there's not been a lot to play for there but now two teams are going down, that's certainly going to bring in a lot of intensity towards the back end of the season.

"Teams are fighting around those relegation spots trying to get out of there."

At the other end of the table, Leeds will want to re-discover the sort of form that saw them win the Super League Grand Final five times in six years between 2007 and 2012.

Briscoe, who scored 16 tries last season and 17 the year before, is well aware that the teams around them have strengthened as well, making for a much more competitive campaign.

"You've got to say the usual ones like Wigan, Huddersfield will probably be up there again, Warrington, just the typical teams.

"Obviously Salford have made a lot of signings this season so it'll be interesting to see how well they go.

"They've got some good players and some experience in there so that'll certainly help with their cause."

The new 2014 Super League season kicks off on Friday February 7 as defending champions Wigan Warriors take on the Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium.


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